Moulay Ismail University
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The aim of this course is three-fold:
- To introduce students to the field of sociolinguistics,
showing the social and cultural dynamics that impact on language use in particular contexts by different individuals, groups, communities or states, and scrutinizing theories of relevance to these fields;
- To introduce students to the field
of pragmatics, taking into consideration the power of communication in creating our social worlds and in functioning in society(ies) in appropriate and effective ways, and explaining theories of communication that would empower students to this effect;
- To raise students' awareness that language itself is a power and that the power of language depends on how it is used in society by different social groups and different speech communities, whether it is used to reflect the
dominating/dominated relationships, or it is used as a medium for promoting social justice, social equity and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.
Overview of General Linguistics
a. The Scope of Sociolinguistics
i. Language and Dialect
ii. The Process of Standardization
iii. Speech Community
i. Language and Social
1. Regional Varieties
2. Social Varieties (Sociolects)
3. Language and the Individual Speaker(Idiolects)
4. Linguistic Repertoire
5. Register / Styles
ii. Languages in Contact
5. Pidgin / Creole /
iii. Language Attitudes
1. Language Attitude and Language Choice
Language Attitude and Language Planning
Language Attitude and Intercultural Communication in multicultural contexts
Language Attitude and Power Relations
Imposition and Reproduction of Power
c. Mutual Understanding and Social Equity
Language in Contexts
a. Understanding the Communication Process
i. Components of Communication
ii. Principles of Communication
iii. Frameworks for the Study of Communication
iv. Communication and Identity
v. Barriers to Communication
iii. Speech Acts
vi. Discourse, Power, and Ideology
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